Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, has released a statement regarding the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the agency’s response to the crisis, Bridenstine reported on March 17, 2020.
"Agency leadership continues to monitor developments regarding coronavirus around the nation. We are closely following the advice of health professionals and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to keep our workforce safe. Implementing best practices early and quickly will increase likelihoods for better outcomes,” said Bridenstine.
In the statement, Bridenstine noted that NASA leadership has decided to elevate all centers and facilities to Stage 3 of NASA's Response Framework, effective immediately. All employees and contractors will move to mandatory telework until further notice, but mission-essential personnel will continue to be granted access onsite.
There have been a small number of NASA employees that have tested positive for COVID-19. The administration plans to take preemptive steps to diminish the spread of the virus among the workforce and our communities.
"I strongly encourage you and your families to follow all local, state and federal guidelines to stay healthy and to help slow the spread of the virus,” noted Bridenstine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has published many resources available. Additionally, Bridenstine encouraged all NASA employees to follow President Trump's Coronavirus Guidelines for America.
"Agency leadership will continue to monitor the rapidly-evolving risks COVID-19 poses to our workforce. You should anticipate continued frequent communication from your center director, myself and others. Up-to-date agency announcements and guidelines are available on the NASA People website, please check it often.
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